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10 Funniest Dads On 90s/2000s Sitcoms

From Disney Channel hijinks to genuine, heartfelt parenting, here are 10 of the most admirable television dads from the 90s and 2000s.

The dads of 1990s and 2000s sitcoms vary in personality and depth. Some aren't too involved in their families' lives, but others try their best to understand what everyone is going through. It's great when sitcom dads can be smart and sensitive, but by nature, they're also supposed to be funny.

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Many dads from network television to cable offer a combination of emotional understanding and regular wit. Going back to television in the 90s and 2000s, there are some fantastic fathers, and these are the funniest of them all!

10 Danny Tanner (Full House)

Full House (1987-1995) would be a very different show without Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), the widower who accepts some much-needed help after his wife dies. Danny can be an intense person by nature, which plays out humorously onscreen. The dad is raising three young women with the help of his best friend, Joey, and his brother-in-law, Jesse.

Between the Tanner girls and the dynamic of the three dads, Danny has plenty of opportunities to be his neurotic, cheesy self. He makes viewers laugh in the homiest, most comforting way.

9 Sam McGuire (Lizzie McGuire)

Robert Carradine starred as Lizzie's dad, Sam, on Lizzie McGuire(2001-2004). Sam works during the day, although no one knows exactly what he does. On evenings and weekends, he can be seen bumbling through various projects around the house, getting into mischief with his baseball friends, or even trying to hang out with Matt and (occasionally) Lizzie. Sam has a heart of gold, and he is just oblivious enough to be funny without being incompetent.

8 Alan Matthews (Boy Meets World)

Boy Meets World (1993-2000) managed to pull just enough family time into the mix of friendships and romantic relationships that the show also portrayed. Though he has his serious moments, Alan Matthews (William Russ) can also be goofy and fun-loving. He wants to teach his kids that hard work matters, but time with loved ones is also paramount.

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Alan keeps his word with Amy and the children, which helps strengthen his marriage and parenting skills. Fans will never forget all the fun moments with him, like his and Amy's nicknames, Bam-Bam and Pooh Bear.

7 Steve Stevens (Even Stevens)

On Even Stevens(2000-2003), the parents don't usually take center stage. However, Steve Stevens (Tom Virtue) gives the show its signature parental charm. The busy lawyer and his senator wife, Eileen, are involved in their children's lives without hovering.

Steve makes time with his kids a priority but knows to give them some space as they solve their problems. Aside from his frantic outbursts, usually due to Louis's mishaps, Steve has some great comedic moments woven throughout the series. One of the best is in "Luscious Lou," when Steve dons his old wrestling uniform for the whole neighborhood to see.

6 Carl Winslow (Family Matters)

Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson) is a police officer, a father, and the involuntary best friend of Steve Urkel on Family Matters(1989-1998). Carl's comedy often comes through when he is in a scene with Steve or with his direct and wise wife, Harriette. The dad is prone to lose his cool too often, but he makes a great punchline and also tries to teach his kids a thing or two about being responsible, upstanding citizens.

5 Tim Taylor (Home Improvement)

Tim "The Toolman" Taylor (Tim Allen) ran the "Tool Time" show in Detroit with Al Borland (Richard Karn) on Home Improvement(1991-1999). Tim's storylines throughout the series often bring out his flaws and personal growth as a husband and father.

Portrayed by a well-known comedian and actor, Tim is hilarious to watch and perfect for the sitcom format. His own misunderstandings and shortcomings are fodder for some of the funniest moments on a show which still manages to be lasting and heartwarming.

4 Victor Baxter (That's So Raven)

Victor Baxter on That's So Raven(2003-2007) was played by Rondell Sheridan, a comedian, director, photographer, and actor. Sheridan's role as Victor is one of the most important on any Disney Channel sitcom.

This dad is a chef who leads by example in teaching his kids to work hard for their dreams. When Victor isn't running The Chill Grill, he's cooking up something amazing at home, where he often walks right into laughable situations with Tanya, Raven, and Cory.

3 Ray Campbell (Sister, Sister)

Sister, Sister (1994-1999) brought a new kind of blended family to television. Ray Campbell (Tim Reid) and his daughter, Tia, meet Tia's biological twin, Tamera, at the mall with her mother, Lisa. It doesn't take too long for Ray and Lisa to see how important it is for their girls to finish growing up together. This means that the two separate, adoptive families live together in Ray's home.

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As he tries to put up with Lisa's habits, Ray is hilarious to watch and is a genuinely interesting character. He runs a thriving limousine service in Detroit and still puts his relationship with his daughter first, even when it means that he dusts off his old cheerleading chops to coach the C squad.

2 Ray Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond)

The main character of Everybody Loves Raymond(1996-2005) is Ray Barone (Ray Romano). He has a beautiful wife, Debra, three adorable kids, and a nosy family that loves to pay him unexpected visits. Ray's biggest downfall is that he sometimes tries to take shortcuts to make everybody around him happy and still get what he wants in life. Usually, Ray's problem-solving methods backfire, leading to hysterical situations that unfold by the end of each episode.

1 Marty Crane (Frasier)

It's not only the dads of young families who are noticed for being funny! Marty Crane (John Mahoney) lives with his son, Frasier, in Seattle during the run of Frasier(1993-2004). Marty is known for his outdated recliner, his trusty dog, Eddie, and his quick wit and ability to bring his haughty sons back down to Earth. Even when Niles and Frasier frustrate him to no end, Marty loves his sons and wants the best for them.

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Sitcoms have been a staple of television since the 1950s, but there was never a more eclectic mix of sitcoms than in the 2000s. There was at least one sitcom for every type of television viewer. People who enjoy shows about heartwarming and relatable families could watch Modern Family, Malcolm in the Middle, and My Wife and Kids. If sitcoms filmed in front of live studio audiences were your thing, you could watch Two and a Half Men or Everybody Loves Raymond.

It can be interesting to see how old some of your favorite shows are on this list of the best sitcoms that aired in 2000-2009, and how many kept going into the 2010s. If your taste in television leans more towards wacky characters and sidesplitting comedy, shows like The Office, 30 Rock, Scrubs, and Arrested Development are perfect for you. Many sitcoms of the 2000s were also mixed with a bit of drama and edge, like Weeds and Extras. Some of the top sitcoms of the 2000s came from across the pond, with programs like Peep Show, The IT Crowd, and Flight of the Concords gaining popularity across the globe.

What are the best '00s sitcoms? Did the sitcoms you think are best make the list? Are they still as fresh today as they were when they aired 20 (yes 20!) years ago? Take a look and vote the best 2000s sitcoms to the top.


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32 of the Best TV Dads of All Time

Sure, we’re suckers for a female-led TV show, but we can’t deny that Danny Tanner from Full House taught us more than enough life lessons to qualify as our legal guardian. In fact, there are countless fictional patriarchs who will undoubtedly go down as the greatest father figures we never knew we needed. From Coach Taylor to Philip Banks, here are the 32 best TV dads of all time…just don’t tell our real dad, OK?

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1. Phil Dunphy (‘Modern Family’)

Played by: Ty Burrell

He may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but he’s accepting, understanding and really, really good at pretending to know magic. This is the kind of goofy dad we all need, not only on our TV screens, but in our everyday lives.

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2. Christopher ‘Julius’ Rock II (‘Everybody Hates Chris’)

Played by: Terry Crews

Introducing one of the most down-to-earth TV dads. His penny-pinching ways will make you think twice about turning on the air conditioner…or not.

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3. Jack Pearson (‘This Is Us’)

Played by: Milo Ventimiglia

Jack Pearson is pretty much your quintessential television dad. Not only is he a selfless provider, but he loves his wife and children unconditionally (literally, his family is his whole world). He’s also one of the only fathers who can reduce us to a pool of tears with his pep talks and witty one-liners.

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4. Philip Banks (‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’)

Played by: James Avery

He may be Uncle Phil to us (and to Will Smith), but to his kids, Hilary, Ashley, Carlton and Nicky, Philip is the best dad. He also plays the role of patriarch for Will, who, up until he moved to Bel-Air, never had a paternal figure in his life. At times Uncle Phil’s temper can get high, but how else are you going to keep a house full of kids and an eccentric nephew in line?

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5. Ron Swanson (‘Parks and Recreation’)

Played by: Nick Offerman

For someone who famously hates kids, Swanson takes fairly quickly to his girlfriend Diane’s two daughters. On one occasion he even stays at the office to babysit the young girls, finding himself way in over his head. However, he eventually gets the hang of things and the couple ends up having their own child together.

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6. Michael Kyle (‘My Wife and Kids’)

Played by: Damon Wayans

Michael Kyle was the ultimate early ’00s dad. From using reverse psychology to playing practical jokes, he handled real-life issues like a total breeze.


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7. Fred Andrews (‘Riverdale’)

Played by: Luke Perry

We’ll try and not get too sentimental on you here. The late actor’s character is pretty much the only parental figure on the show with actual parenting skills and morals. While the others are galavanting around town and hiding secrets from their kids, Fred is the only one who’s actually there for his son and even (literally) takes a bullet for him.

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8. Danny Tanner (‘Full House’)

Played by: Bob Saget

After losing his wife in an accident, this single dad had to figure out how to raise three young daughters (with the help of some of his loved ones), and that’s something we totally respect. Danny Tanner taught us that it’s perfectly acceptable to ask your guests to remove their shoes at the door. And although we hate to say it—we love his corny heart-to-hearts.

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9. James Evans Sr. (‘Good Times’)

Played by: John Amos

James Evans Sr. goes above and beyond to provide for his family, even if it means working multiple jobs. Let us be clear: He didn’t deserve that fatal season four bombshell.

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10. Walter White (‘Breaking Bad’)

Played by: Bryan Cranston

It’s not every day that a high school chemistry teacher (diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer) turns to selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future. But that’s not why he’s on this list. Yes, Walter White ends up destroying his family and (spoiler alert) ultimately dying a bitter death, but we believe his original intentions were good.



11. Steve Brady (‘Sex and the City’)

Played by: David Eigenberg

While we see many (emphasis on many) men throughout the series, Steve is one of the few fathers. And boy is he good with Brady. Miranda even knows how wonderful he is with their young son. In the franchise’s first movie, she writes down “Good father” as a “pro” to decide if she should take Steve back.

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12. Cyrus Rose (‘Gossip Girl’)

Played by: Wallace Shawn

Sure, it took Blair a while to come around to her new stepdad, but Cyrus Rose has all the qualities you could ever want in a father figure. He quickly grew on everyone and offered some wholesome joy to the Waldorf clan. And in a world where parents were more concerned with their Prada bags and UES galas, Cyrus was the most attentive parent and gave some seriously great advice.

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13. Gomez Adams (‘The Addams Family’)

Played by: John Astin

Look—we’re not saying we want to drop our lives and be a part of the spooky clan (although, it would be cool), but the head of the Addams family is no doubt a loving father. A little unorthodox at times? Sure. But no one can rock a dad-stache quite like he can.



14. Adam Braverman (‘Parenthood’)

Played by: Peter Krause

We’ll admit that he has his cheesy moments, but Adam Braverman is all about making sure his son Max (who suffers from Asperger syndrome) remained happy and healthy. Even if that means impromptu hiking trips for some bonding time. Overall, Adam wants to support his family and make sure they know that they are loved and cared for at all times.

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15. Eric Taylor (‘Friday Night Lights’)

Played by: Kyle Chandler

Coach Taylor was a father both on and off of the field. Not only was he there for his players, many of which lacked a stable home, but he also was an attentive father to his teenage daughter Julie. And let’s face it, at times she was a handful. The real reason we love coach so much? He taught us our life motto: “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

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16. William Hill (‘This Is Us’)

Played by: Ron Cephas Jones

He might not have raised Randall, but William Hill deserves an honorable mention. In the short time he knew his son, William did what he could to make up for lost time. *Cue the waterworks*

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17. Al Bundy (‘Married with Children’)

Played by: Ed O’Neill

Yup, way before O’Neill got his gig on Modern Family, the actor portrayed one of the ’80s most lovable dads. While Al faced many struggles throughout his life, he manages to get by and provide for his wife, Peg, and his two kids, Kelly and Bud. He also makes sure to teach his children not to expect handouts from anyone and to put their all into everything they do.

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18. Bob Belcher (‘Bob’s Burgers’)

Voiced by:H. Jon Benjamin

Bob Belcher is not only tolerant, supportive, loving, principled and grounded, but the father of three is also impressively hard-working when it comes to the family restaurant. Honestly, the Belcher family does a great job of depicting the real-life dynamics of the modern American family.

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19. Sandy Cohen (‘The O.C.’)

Played by: Peter Gallagher

Not only does Sandy have a wonderful relationship with his biological son Seth, but he also didn’t miss a beat taking in—as one of his own—a juvenile teen from (gasp!) Chino, who everyone else abandoned. Not to mention, his sandwiching-making skills are top notch.



20. Tony Soprano (‘The Sopranos’)

Played by: James Gandolfini

We know what you’re thinking, “How could a dangerous Jersey mob boss possibly make it on this list?” Well, as it turns out, Tony will do absolutely anything for his children (yes, even physically harm someone if he has to). From the outset of the series, Soprano makes sure his kids are taken care of and although we question some (OK, a lot) of his life choices, we still think he earns some major dad points.

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21. Frank Costanza (‘Seinfeld’)

Played by: Jerry Stiller

Let’s face it—George was definitely a mama’s boy. However, at times he was also a papa’s boy (if that’s even a thing). And while Frank, also known as Mr. Costanza, tends to be on the angrier side, he definitely cares about his son and made for some pretty memorable moments in the hit sitcom. Might we remind you of the time he fought Elaine at the police station for saying George wasn’t “clever?”

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22. Homer Simpson (‘The Simpsons’)

Voiced by: Dan Castellaneta

Don’t scroll—hear us out. If you can get beyond the fact that he’s a fictional cartoon character, you’ll realize that Homer is a totally a hands-on dad. While he may not be able to give his three kids everything they want (take Bart and his video games for example), he does give them something more important: time and attention.

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23. Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark (‘Game of Thrones’)

Played by: Sean Bean

Sure, his head was ceremonially chopped off (RIP) in season one, but he still managed to raise six badass children. Before he died, he was able to teach them to be loyal, kind and to never give up. Even if that means (spoiler!) killing your own Aunt to save the seven kingdoms.

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24. Dan Conner (‘Roseanne’)

Played by: John Goodman

Perhaps more than anyone on this list, Dan Conner embodies the typical dad. Like the majority of off-screen patriarchs, he isn’t perfect, but he always tries his best when it came to his kids. Not to mention, he’s the only one this list that actually came back from the dead (ahem, The Conners spinoff).

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25. Jason Seaver (‘Growing Pains’)

Played by: Alan Thicke

First of all, Dr. Seaver makes sure to have a home office so he could always be around his family (now that’s dedication). Second, he serves as a great moderator for the bickerings between his three children, and third, the man has a killer head of hair. Of course he deserves to make this list!

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26. Floyd Henderson (‘Smart Guy’)

Played by: John Marshall Jones

The widowed single father was an expert at balancing discipline with love when it came to his three kids. Not only that, but he kept his kids in line while also managing his own roofing company. Talk about impressive.

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27. Carl Winslow (‘Family Matters’)

Played by: Reginald VelJohnson

The hard-working patriarch was flawed, but he’s still one of the most loving and caring fathers to ever grace the small screen. Plus, aside from raising his own children, Carl also had to deal with Steve Urkel’s antics, which required a whole lot of patience. And for that alone, he deserves a spot on this list.

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28. Ray Campbell (‘Sister, Sister’)

Played by: Tim Reid

Sure, Ray could be a bit overprotective, but we always knew his heart was in the right place. The successful businessman was not only kind enough to take in his adoptive daughter’s sister and her mom, but over time, he grew to become a wonderful father to both girls, teaching them valuable lessons along the way.

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29. Dre Johnson (‘Black-ish’)

Played by: Anthony Anderson

He won’t hesitate to give his kids an impromptu lecture on Black history or what it means to be Black in America, but while encouraging them to take pride in their roots, he also sets a good example through his career and inspiring work ethic.

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30. Louis Huang (‘Fresh off the Boat’)

Played by: Randall Park

So being practical isn’t exactly his strong suit, but we love Louis for his easy-going nature and contagious optimism. Not only does he support and care for his family, but he also manages to stay positive while dealing with a very controlling partner.

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31. Flex Washington (‘One on One’)

Played by: Flex Alexander

It’s not every day that you see a father agree to become a single dad, even if it means having to sacrifice his bachelor lifestyle. Flex always looked out for his daughter Breanna (Kyla Pratt), and more importantly, he acknowledged his flaws and made a genuine effort to be a better father. (Remember when he joined Breanna for therapy sessions to avoid making the same mistakes his father made?)

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32. Mike Brady (‘The Brady Bunch’)

Played by: Robert Reed

It’s no wonder Mike Brady was named “Father of the Year” after Marcia nominated him on the show. The fact that he managed to support a wife, six kids and a maid was already quite remarkable, but we especially admired his wisdom, calm demeanor and strong moral compass. Where would the family be without him?



10 Sitcoms From The 2000s Everyone Forgot About

The 2000s have come and gone, leaving a few traces of its existence behind. The 2000s were ruled by Razr phones, choker necklaces, butterfly clips, and MySpace. But the 2000s were also a time for sitcoms that were largely centered around families. In today's world, sitcoms are usually about the workplace and friendships, such as Parks and Recreation or The Big Bang Theory — the theme has changed since the early 2000s sitcoms.

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Before there was Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, there was good ol' fashion cable television that hosted sitcoms for the whole family to watch. Many of these shows are long since forgotten, but they deserve a rewatch.

Updated on September 22nd, 2021 by Lynn Gibbs: Family sitcoms in the 2000s mainly focused on one thing: life at home. Many centered on the parents finding a balance between work, play, and getting their kids on the right path. Likewise, many fans watched said kids go through typical growth spurts as they found their independence. These shows were relatable for viewers. Today, sitcoms still focus on family (i.e Modern Family and Mixed-ish) but they've also expanded their repertoire. But as great as these modern sitcoms are, nothing beats 2000s family sitcoms and even the forgotten ones warrant some praise.

10 Honorable Mention: Dharma & Greg (1997–2002)

● Available on Hulu

Dharma & Greg may have started in the late '90s but the bulk of its run was actually during the 2000s. Created by Chuck Lorre, the sitcom ran for five seasons and had over 110 episodes. What made this series fun was that Dharma and Greg got married after having one date together.

Despite their vast differences, the two get to know each other once they're married. Dharma was seen as the free-spirit who was hyper-emotional whereas Greg was a lawyer and wasn't used to his feelings. According to Looper, the series ended because it wasn't performing well with viewers. However, that doesn't mean that this underrated sitcom shouldn't get a rewatch.

9 So Little Time (2001)

● Available for purchase on Apple TV

So Little Time was a TV series starring Olsen sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley as Riley and Chloe Carlson. The sitcom ran for just one season as it followed the sisters throughout their days at high school, work, and play. So Little Time would be the Olsen twins' last sitcom to date but it was a likable TV series regardless. Although it only lasted for one season, it's still widely loved, with reruns playing on Disney.

According to its Fandompage, the show ended due to network changes because Fox Family soon became ABC Family.

8 8 Simple Rules (2002–2005)

● Available for purchase on Apple TV

After John Ritter starred as Jack Tripper in Three's Company but before Kaley Cuoco was Penny in The Big Bang Theory, there was 8 Simple Rules starring not only John Ritter and Kaley Cuoco, but also Katey Sagal as the mom of the family.

8 Simple Rules had some great episodes but itonly lasted for three seasons as it focused mostly on the struggles of being a dad with teenage daughters. It was based on the book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter written by W. Bruce Cameron. Sadly, John Ritter's tragic death played a role in the series being canceled, as it was hard to recover from the loss of such a great star.

7 Grounded For Life (2001–2005)

● Available on Peacock, Roku, and Fubo TV

Families were a big theme for the sitcoms of the 2000s, as Grounded For Life was one of many that focused on family matters. Parents, Claudia and Sean, have a lot of learning to do as they try to grow up themselves while raising their three children.

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With the help of Eddy, Sean's offbeat brother, and Walt, Sean's old-fashioned Catholic-Irish father, Claudia and Sean are able to be the best parents they can be while still having their fun from time to time. The series aired for five seasons before it was canceled. Every parent who is young at heart could relate to the Finnertys' struggle while getting a laugh as they watched the family's comedic ups and downs.

6 Still Standing (2002–2006)

● Available on Tubi and Pluto TV

Still Standing had four seasons under its belt by the time it ended and it was yet another sitcom of the 2000s with the main focus being parents trying to figure out how to raise their kids. The series centered on blue-collar Chicago parents Judy and Bill, who attempt to find common ground in their differing parenting styles as they raise their three children, Brian, Lauren, and Tina.

Judy was a strong, notable sitcom mom while Bill was seen as the laidback, "lazy" dad. Along for the ride is Linda, Judy's unwed sister who tries to help out with the kids while still being the fun aunt. Sadly, the 2000s sitcom was canceled due to low viewership, according to TV Series Finale. 

5 What I Like About You (2002–2006)

● Available on HBO Max and for purchase on Apple TV

What I Like About You, starring Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth, had a total of four seasons. The series told the story of two sisters who live together in Manhattan. Val, played by Jennie Garth, is forced to take in her younger sister Holly, played by Amanda Bynes, when their father leaves for Japan.

RELATED: 10 Best Episodes Of What I Like About You, Ranked By IMDb

Along with the two sisters trying to figure out how to live together, the show also involved strong friendships and the ups and downs of romantic relationships. Every older and younger sister can relate to the frustrating and loving times that Holly and Val shared, even today.

4 Rules Of Engagement (2007–2013)

● Available on Starz, Directv, Spectrum on Demand, and Roku

Rules of Engagement was one of the only sitcoms in the 2000s that focused on a friend group without parenting responsibilities. The series had some great episodes, airing from 2007 to 2013 with a total of 7 seasons. It focused on the friend dynamic between a married couple, Audrey and Jeff, a committed dating couple, Jennifer and Adam, and their fun-loving single friend Russell, played by David Spade.

Also joining in on the fun as the voice of reason was Timmy, Russell's sensible assistant. Even though the series never received high reviews from critics, it always had high ratings as fans found the shenanigans of the group comical and relatable. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show was canceled due to "performance pressure" as the ratings were dipping.

3 Reba (2001–2007)

● Available on Hulu and Directv

Reba McEntire is a woman of many talents, as she is not only a singer of country music which has earned her several Academy of Country Music awards, but she is also a talented actress. For 6 seasons, Reba McEntire starred in her sitcom series Reba. This family-friendly show helped to define the 2000s era.

The sitcom was about a newly divorced mother learning how to not only be a single working mom, but also how to deal with her ex-husband's obnoxious new wife Barbara Jean, played by Melissa Peterman. If the divorce wasn't life-changing enough, Reba also finds out her teenage daughter is pregnant. The twists and turns of the series had fans rooting for Reba the entire time. Unfortunately, according to Country Rebel, the show was canned after WB Network merged with The CW.

2 According To Jim (2001-2009)

● Available for purchase on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and Google Play

For eight seasons, fans watched the immature antics of Jim play out while his wife, Cheryl, patiently and loving, puts up with not only him but also her childish brother and sister, Andy and Dana, who are constantly barging in.

According to Jim followed the family life of married couple Jim and Cheryl. The couple has three children, eventually having five altogether, and while Jim is the one who goes to work every day, Cheryl is the one who holds everything together. TV Series Finale noted the series ended due to low ratings.

1 The New Adventures Of Old Christine (2006-2010)

● Available on HBO Max and Directv

Fans of the popular '90s show Seinfeld were excited to see Julia Louis-Dreyfus back in the world of sitcoms in 2006 when she starred in the series The New Adventures of Old Christine. The series lasted for five seasons and was one of Julia Louis-Dreyfus's best roles.

Louis-Dreyfus had a much different role this time around. Instead of playing a never married and childless best friend to a stand-up comedian, Julia played a divorced mom in her role as Christine Campbell. Not only is Christine a mother but she is also a gym owner. Elaine Benes would not approve of Christine's responsibility-filled lifestyle. Sadly, the creator Kari Lizer believes the show was canceled due to sexism as it was never fully supported by CBS, according to Entertainment Weekly. 

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36 canceled TV shows from the 2000s you forgot you loved

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  • As well as the more popular TV shows of the 2000s, there were shows we've forgotten — but loved just as much.
  • From "Pushing Daisies" to "Flight of the Conchords," we've said goodbye to some truly quirky comedy shows in the past two decades.
  • "Freaks and Geeks" only ran for one season but helped launch the careers of some of today's most loved actors.
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When you think of your favorite canceled TV shows over the past 20 years, you might think of the most popular — "Friends" or "Game of Thrones," or maybe you were a fan of "Arrested Development," "Ugly Betty," or "Gossip Girl."

But what about the ones from way back that you'd forgotten you loved?

Insider took a look back at some of the shows that were canceled since 2000 to show you just how much good — and goofy — TV we're missing today.

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Seasons: 1 (1999-2000)

What it was about: "Freaks and Geeks" follows two siblings, Lindsay and Sam, as they attend high school in suburban Michigan. Lindsay's friends are the "freaks," while her younger brother's friends are the "geeks."

Why we loved it: "Freaks and Geeks" was packed full of great characters, comedy, drama, and nuance, and it helped launch the careers of many recognizable names — Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, Busy Philipps, Linda Cardellini, and James Franco. Today it has something of a cult following.

"Dharma and Greg" — ABC

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Seasons: 5 (1997-2002)

What it was about: Dharma and Greg married despite being polar opposites: Dharma was a free-spirited yoga teacher, while Greg was a buttoned-up lawyer.

Why we loved it: While this show technically started in the '90s, it was pulled from the air in 2002 — giving this kooky comedy more than enough time to find its fans. Co-created by Chuck Lorre, who also co-created "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory," the show's odd couple made for some good laughs. Stoking fans' hopes, Jenna Elfman, who played Dharma, told People in 2017 that a reboot "would be really fun!"

"Felicity" — The WB

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The WB

Seasons: 4 (1998-2002)

What it was about: Felicity, played by Keri Russell, follows her crush to New York City after high school, but once she's there, she finds a whole new world of possibilities.

Why we loved it: While the premise might sound like a sappy teen drama, its delivery was more adult than that, and it wasn't afraid to take on some serious themes. Clever writing, charming characters, and early star power (including Jennifer Garner) made this a fan favorite.

"Roswell" — The CW and UPN

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The WB

Seasons: 3 (1999-2002)

What it was about: This drama follows a group of teens in their hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, which is well known for its UFO sightings. Among the characters are three human-alien hybrids with extraordinary gifts.

Why we loved it: The show made balancing drama, humor, and mystery look easy. Its science-fiction subject matter gave it a bit more edge than other teen dramas of the time, such as "Beverly Hills 90210" or "Dawson's Creek." More recently, it's been given a reboot of sorts; "Roswell, New Mexico," which was released in 2019, is based on the same book as the original, "Roswell High" by Melinda Metz.

"So Little Time" — Fox Family

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Fox Family

Seasons: 1 (2001-2002)

What it was about: This sitcom follows two teenagers, Chloe and Riley, which were played by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. They live in a mansion in Malibu, California, while dealing with the troubles of high school heartaches. 

Why we loved it: "So Little Time" marked a significant time in the Olsen entertainment empire. They were no longer little girls, playing hijinx in plotless movies. Now, Mary Kate and Ashley were finally teenagers, and we got to see them act that way. For the people who grew up with the twins, this show was a natural progression and perfectly made sense. "So Little Time" was also one of the last acting gigs we got to see the Olsens in before they switched to fashion and left the spotlight for good. 

Read more: The 19 best TV shows that were canceled too soon

"Firefly" — Fox

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Seasons: 1 (2002-2003)

What it was about: In this space Western set 400 years in the future, a group of outlaws embark on missions aboard their spaceship, "Serenity," and protect a young woman with special abilities. 

Why we loved it: This show, created by Joss Whedon of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," was set in a detailed fantasy world and packed with both action and humor. Despite its short run, "Firefly" built up a cult following, and today that's stronger than ever.




"Dead Like Me" — Showtime

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Showtime/"Dead Like Me" trailer

Seasons: 2 (2003-2004)

What it was about: 18-year-old Georgia "George" Lass dies in the first episode and becomes a "grim reaper." Working with other grim reapers, she must remove the souls of people and escort them into their afterlives — a sort of "Six Feet Under" meets "Buffy The Vampire Slayer."

Why we loved it: Somehow it expertly blended death and comedy, and despite the show's dark and supernatural touches, George leads viewers on a relatable story about the pains of growing up. A direct-to-DVD movie was released five years after its demise, indicating there was still a demand for the show.

"NYPD Blue" — ABC

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Seasons: 12 (1993-2005)

What it was about: A fast-moving procedural drama following the day-to-day experiences of a group of fictional cops in New York City's 15th precinct.

Why we loved it: This dark, gritty show was full of complex characters and relationships — and some very adult themes and language. In fact, some affiliates and advertisers were so outraged by its nudity and language, they refused to touch it when it launched — but it was a mega hit for ABC. In 2013, 20 years after the show's launch, Variety said TV "lost its edge" after "NYPD Blue" ended.

"My Wife and Kids" — ABC

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Seasons: 5 (2001-2005)

What it was about: A dad takes a step back from his successful career to spend more time with his wife and their three kids in suburban Connecticut.

Why we loved it: This was an easy-to-like sitcom about the ups and downs of often chaotic family life. Damon Wayans, who co-created the show, brought slapstick to his role as the dad. And while "My Wife and Kids" might sound like something we've all seen before, as Variety pointed out, it was actually a refreshing change at the time, when TV was dominated with extreme reality TV shows.

"8 Simple Rules" — ABC

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Seasons: 3 (2002-2005)

What it was about: The show started as a family sitcom about two parents raising their three teenage kids, and the strict rules they enforced. But when actor John Ritter, who played the dad, passed away before the second season, his death was also written in to the show.

Why we loved it: "8 Simple Rules" could be cheesy, but it was a warm hug of a TV show. Ritter's performance quickly won fans, and after his death, the show was praised for representing how a family responds to tough situations.

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